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Ladies basketball season ends in semifinal loss to Denison

Friday’s game marked the conclusion to the collegiate careers of the team’s five seniors.

The Ladies basketball team’s season came to an abrupt end on Friday night, when they lost 51-42 to the Denison University Big Red in the semifinals of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) tournament. On Tuesday, the NCAC named Dominguez as a member of their All-NCAC second team. It was the third consecutive season that Dominguez has been named to an All-NCAC team.

The Ladies and Big Red split their two regular season matchups, going 1-1 against each other. The tournament was held at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., because DePauw finished first in the regular season NCAC standings.

Both teams were largely successful in the regular season due to their strong defenses. The Ladies held their opponents to under 32 percent shooting in the regular season, while Denison also had a strong defensive season due to the efforts of senior Jordan Holmes, one of the best shot blockers in NCAC history. As one could predict, Friday’s game was a defensive battle. The score was tied at 2-2 two minutes into the game and remained that way until Denison jumped ahead 4-2 with three minutes remaining in the quarter.

In the final game of her collegiate career, Miranda Diesz ’17 led the Ladies with 10 points. What ultimately brought the Ladies down was their inability to convert on the offensive end, where they shot just 26 percent from the floor and just 10.5 percent from three-point range. Friday marked the final game in the careers of seniors Charlotte Bussema, Sidney Cera, Emma Schurink, Diesz and Dominguez. The Ladies will end their season with an overall record of 19-8. The defeat marked the second consecutive season the Ladies came up short of expectations by losing in the NCAC semifinals.

In the NCAC finals on Saturday afternoon, DePauw won the tournament with a 56-50 victory over Denison.

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